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Tips for driving during the holiday season

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

During the holiday season in Florida, the influx of visitors from northern regions results in increased traffic on the roads. To mitigate stress in these conditions, consider the following tips.

The holiday season in Florida attracts many visitors, resulting in increased traffic on the roads. As a result, the risk of motor vehicle accidents increases because of factors such as congestion, excessive speeds, and alcohol consumption associated with holiday festivities. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities increase by approximately 7% during this period. To ensure safety during the holidays, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and to take necessary precautions when traveling.

Maintaining focus while driving

Distractions while driving can be prevalent, particularly during the busy holiday season. To ensure safety on the roads, it is important to focus solely on driving once inside the vehicle. Despite a common belief in the ability to multitask, scientific evidence suggests that the human brain can focus on one task at a time. Attempting to multitask while driving can compromise one’s focus and potentially result in dangerous driving practices. It is advisable to prioritize driving and postpone other distractions until arriving at the destination.

Don’t drink or take new meds/drugs

It is important to be aware of the potential impairments that can arise from consuming drugs and alcohol before driving. New medications or drugs can cause vision and coordination problems, making it unsafe to drive. If you feel impaired, it is best to choose alternative transportation options such as a designated driver, a ride-sharing service, or asking someone to drive you. Planning and being aware of the potential consequences can ensure a safe and responsible holiday season.

Make sure you are rested

Additionally, make sure to take breaks during long drives and stretch your legs to stay alert. Fatigue can impair driving ability just as much as alcohol or drugs. Remember, the safety of you and others on the road should be a top priority.

Be sure of your destination

It’s important to clearly understand your destination and the route to get there. This can help you avoid getting lost or stuck in traffic. It’s also wise to check the weather forecast and plan your trip, as inclement weather can lead to additional delays and slowdowns on the roads. It’s recommended to allow for extra time when traveling during the holiday season, as the roads are more congested because of the increase in travelers.

What should I do in the event of an accident during the holiday season?

In the event of an accident, it is recommended that you contact a reliable and experienced accident attorney to help get the compensation you may be entitled to. The team at Demesmin and Dover is committed to working diligently with clients to ensure their needs are met. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Should you require our services, please contact us at 866-954-MORE (6673).


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